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Today is my third LJ anniversary!  Happy anniversary to me.  And happy new year to all of my flisters!  Last night, I was in this bar and the bathroom walls were covered in graffiti.  All sorts of messages, but my favorite was easily this one: "I am a leaf on the wind.  Watch how I soar."  Someone had also written "RIP Wash" next to it, and another Browncoat had written some of the lyrics to "The Hero of Canton."  It was one of those little instances that made me happy to be a nerd.

Anyway, onto the year in fic.

the roundup )

Total: 12 fics, including random drabble-y things.  One remix, three crossovers, one multi-chapter fic.  Three as-yet-unwritten WIPs.  Approximately 26,300 words. 

the review )
shah_of_blah: (river)
Meme snagged from [ profile] coffeesuperhero  and a bunch of other people.  Since I am narcissistic enough to write fic commentaries, there is no way I could resist this.  I love talking about writing.  You can even ask me about my original fiction if you want.

I think it would be fun to talk about stories, but the usual memes are like, "What happens next?" or "Tell me about Character A?" That isn't so much talking about stories as it is writing more of a story. But you know how sometimes you read something and you're like, "I got ___ out of this story, I wonder if that's right?" or "What on earth was ____ supposed to be?" and it's too awkward to ask the author? Now you could totally ask!

I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun than work.

Ask me questions!

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz; is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? And so on.

Also, I just edited the text of the meme...I don't know what that says about me.
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Snagged from [ profile] sci_fi_shipper  and a bunch of others.

Post a rec list singling out the best of your own fics. Tell people why you are especially proud of those particular fics, and of course provide links to them. Yes, that's right, this step involves self-promotion. How else are people supposed to find your fics? List as many or as few as you feel appropriate to represent your body of writing.

Also include a paragraph about the types of fics you most enjoy reading or are most interested in reading in the immediate future -- favorite tropes, pairings, fandoms, whatever. If you're particularly lazy, link to that Dear Writer post you did for whatever holiday exchange comes to mind.

Reply to other rec posts (like for example the one you are reading now) by reccing a fic of your own that might fit the original poster's tastes, or that you'd just really like them to read, because maybe they don't know they'd like it.

I didn't do that last part but whatevs.

What do I like to read? 
Just about anything involving Kara, with a strong preference for Kara/Lee.  I'll read other ships too but I have to be in the mood.  There are certain things within the K/L oeuvre that I get tired of--like pre-mini or UB-era fics--and sometimes read less enthusiastically than others.  But I really will read anything...although I'd say the most important thing for me is probably characterization--specifically of Kara, but Lee's important too.  Um.  Anyway.  What else do I like?  Angst, but not over the top.  Drama.  Sometimes tragedy.  Sometimes happy endings.  Uh...crossovers?  Basically, I read a lot of fanfiction.

A few of my favorites that I've written:
I picked six )
shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
For the last couple of days, I've been trying to write a new scene for my [ profile] pilotsbigbang  fic.  I decided (rather suddenly, with no prompting from my beta or anyone else) that this particular scene needed to exist.  Sort of worked out what I wanted to say with it ("sort of" being the operative phrase) and when it ought to take place.  And then proceeded to spend most of my time staring at the Word document. 

I have this problem, and I'd be curious to know if other writers on my flist get this too, where I find it very difficult to write new material for a story that feels 'finished' (you know, there's lots of revision to be done but I've got the beginning, middle, and end).  Like, when I was writing the first draft of the story, I wrote furiously for weeks (months, even).  This story consumed my brain.  And then I finished it, and floundered around for a bit before I found a new project.

Now I can't get that energy back.  Frak.  I'm at that 'just write something and worry about the quality later' stage, but it's frustrating.

One thing that has helped, actually, is listening to The Symphony of Science.  They're videos/songs made with clips from, like, science movies/presentations/whatever and autotune.  That may not sound good, but I found them quite stunning--visually, lyrically, and musically.  My favorites so far are "We Are All Connected" and "Our Place in the Cosmos."  They're beautiful in this really odd, almost haunting way.  And I find them to be very good writing music.  If I didn't already have a title for pilotsbigbang, I probably would have snerched something from the 'lyrics' to one of these.  So you should all be grateful I didn't discover this website a couple of months ago, or you might have found yourself reading "We Are Made of Star Stuff" or "The Brink of the Known" or some other equally pretentious title.  Actually, that last one's not so bad...

What else do I have to complain about?  Well, this isn't such a point of frustration as the last, but [ profile] radio_silent  and I are planning to start a blog where we post reviews and stuff of all the television we consume.  Perhaps on tumblr?  Not sure.  We want something with a fandom presence but more officious-looking than LJ.  Like, something I would actually show people I know.  I know some of my flisters are on tumblr...any thoughts?  We'd be posting mostly essays (with pictures probably) and I'm not sure if tumblr's the right place for that, since most of the blogs I read there are multi-media/graphics-based.

The other problem is we can't think of a name.  Need something snappy, geeky, preferably meta, or perhaps containing a pun.  Bah.  When we do get this figured out, I'll post a link.

Days 22 & 23 )
shah_of_blah: (bees!)
Last part of the writing meme!

21-30 )

Brief and insubstantial thoughts on the latest Doctor Who episode:
tiny, tiny spoiler )
shah_of_blah: (bad horse)
Part 2 (out of 3) of the writing meme!

11-20 )

Also because it's going around, I wanted to see if I could do the icon meme.  I only have fifteen icons, it was a bit of a challenge to see if I could find one to fit each category.

How do you feel right now?

icon meme )
So what else is new?  Today I watched Lost and Glee.  Wednesdays are going to be killers from here on out.  Glee was pretty good--a bit of a mess narrative-wise, but my world is brighter with Sue Sylvester in it.  As for Lost, this was just another week where I was left not knowing what to say.  At all.  I liked it, I think?  But I had a minor freak-out when I went looking for Jezebel's weekly recap and IT WASN'T THERE (it's there now) because I don't think I can handle this show anymore without some wise person telling me what to think.
shah_of_blah: (river)
So I got this writing meme from [ profile] ivanolix .  It's super long, so I think I'll be doing it in installments (I'm sure you guys can't wait for my long-winded musings on my own writing...).  The full list of questions is here.

1-10 )

In other news, I finished Community yesterday and am very distressed over the fact that I have to wait now.  Grrr.  Fortunately, Glee is coming back tonight.
shah_of_blah: (Default)
Today is the start of a new decade (holy shit). And it's my second LJ Anniversary! The fandom's had its ups and downs, but is still a pretty chill place to be, in my book. I was not terribly productive in terms of writing this year, but that's okay! I may not have produced many stories, but I loved (almost) every one of those that I did. So! Onto the fic roundup business.

the roundup )

Total: Six fics, four ficlets, and one VSD. The longest is The Other Side (of This Life) at 4900. And the shortest is In White, with just 160 words. I also started two new fics and continued working on my plotfic this year. Yuppers. All together, I posted 17,042 words (not including the VSD as I can’t say how much of that was written by yours truly). I wrote more than that, but those stories are still very much in progress.

the review )

Status of my TV: 8 episodes of Dexter, 4 episodes of Dollhouse (which I am LOVING goddamnit), and I am now in the middle of the second season of The Big Bang Theory (it's like a drug).

Thank you, LJ, for eating this entry and making me redo all the html and whatnot.  Also for randomly devouring April through August.  Twice.
shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
For [personal profile] rose_griffes : excerpt from Portraits
For Saul Tigh... )

For [ profile] rdave1 : excerpt from Flight Status

And that's my commentary!

In other news, Glee has come to Perú. And cable has come to my house, so I caught the second episode (first episode? first real episode?). I had some Thoughts on it but don't really care to write them up, as I'm sure they occurred to you too (namely, it's far too soon for all these romantic developments, and really I would rather Finn and Rachel didn't become an item anyway). I did enjoy it, even as I wondered if some things might be lost in translation.

I also enjoyed the fact that, at the start of every ad break, they had a message from the stars...the main guy, whatever his name is, Teacher, his was the best.

"Hola, Latin America!" he said in the most gringo voice ever. Ironic too, since he's supposed to be a Spanish teacher.
shah_of_blah: (dear diary)
1. Answers to the favorite character meme: 
Dollhouse: Topher (Epitaph One converted me)
Dead Like Me: Joy (I like a character who can make me cry)

2. This is of no importance whatsoever, but yesterday I spent four hours on  It was like being sucked into a blackhole of procrastination and geekery.  I googled something, I don't even remember what...and I never found what I was looking for because I clicked on a tvtropes link and then, well, the rest was history.  The next thing I knew it was four in the morning.

3. I wrote this fic commentary almost two months ago.  Don't ask me why I'm only posting it now.  Anyway, this is for Five Times Kara Told Someone She Missed Them.

everyone loves these making-ofs )

shah_of_blah: (bret looking cool)
1) I am still way behind on fic reading, but I am working on my own and I also discovered more Things To Post on my hard drive.  So there will be bsg-related stuff.  When I get around to it.

2) There's a lot of cool stuff over at [ profile] karathracelives  (and even more cool prompts just waiting for people to show them some love).  I myself have contributed two ficlets, To Call Your Own and Father's Day.

3) This may be ancient history, but here you can watch Buffy rebuff Edward Cullen.

4) Remix meta!  That I wrote ages ago and have been waiting to post.  This will not make much sense if you haven't read The Other Side (of This Life) or Hic sunt dracones.

read about my process )

shah_of_blah: (kara islanded)
fasten your seatbelts--it's the commentary! )

Now you know my commentary style.  I hope you don't regret encouraging me, because I am going to do at least one more!

shah_of_blah: (dear diary)
So I am feeling particularly [Poll #1412130]
Regardless, I’m probably going to post a commentary-ish thing about remixing.  But that won’t be until after the reveal in July, for obvious reasons.
shah_of_blah: (peachy keen)
I love books.  I'm an English major, which really wouldn't be possible if I didn't have a great love of literature.  I saw this meme about reading and couldn't help myself!

This meme is long, but who doesn't want to read all about books?  Also for all of the questions where they asked for a favorite, as in singular, I usually put at least two.  Oops.  Snagged from [ profile] taragel  and [ profile] queenofthorns .

Wow, this is 5 PAGES in my Word document )

Sidenote: Ursula K. LeGuin has the absolute best name for any author, let alone an author of spec fiction.  And it’s her real name!  Incredible.
shah_of_blah: (jon stewart)
Everybody who writes should read this essay on fanfiction and original fiction by [ profile] mistful .  It won't take you long (unless you read exceptionally slowly) and it is really good.  And for me anyway, really true.  The thing is, I started writing original fiction long before I started writing fanfiction, and I sort of do both simultaneously although fanfiction is just so much easier.  So unless I have a deadline I never finish my original stories.  (Hooray for the composition class I'm taking!).  Anyway, the essay's really good, and [ profile] mistful 's been published so she must know what she's talking about, right?

Fanfiction, Original Work and Marmalade


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